Wednesday, August 24

Starting a Gratitude Journal

Lately I have been feeling a bit down and at times a bit lost. In all honesty I struggle with not going out to work and although I loved being home with Ailsa and I still do I miss the routine that having a job brings but also earning money to help support our family. Although I don't plan on going back to work anytime soon (nursery costs are just far too high for us) I do feel like I need a bit of direction at home and most of the time I do just look for the bad rather than the good. After a chat with my fabulous sister-in-law, I decided to start a gratitude journal. Something I could write down the things I am grateful for that day no matter how small they are.

It's only been a couple of days but I am already feeling a bit more positive so hopefully it will continue to grow as I fill up my little notebook. It's something I would definitely recommend doing if you are feeling a bit down or need a change in mindset in order to focus on the positive. You don't need much to start, a little notebook and a pen and off you go. I am planning to go a lot more in depth once I have a month or two under my belt and hopefully this will be something I can continue for years to come.

Monday, August 22

Setting Myself A Challenge

Lately I have been feeling unmotivated and I most definitely need a massive kick up the bum to get stuff done, whether that is around the house, my workouts or with the blog. So I have decided to set myself some monthly challenges from now until New Year. Hopefully these will, after a month start to be come habits that I can incorporate into daily life so that I can be a more productive person and hopefully a better Mum to Ailsa. So the challenges are as follows.

September- Stick to a cleaning schedule

I am going to write up a list of daily, weekly and monthly chores to help James and I stay on top of the house work and allows us more free time at weekends and not worrying about the hoovering or what jobs there are to do.

October- Weekly meal planning and sticking to it

My aim is to come up with a master list of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner to make meal planning a bit easier for James and I. We also need to be better at sticking to our meal plan although we do for the most part it might be easier if we had a few pre-prepared meals in the freezer for those nights we can't be bothered cooking and hopefully will encourage us to try a few new recipes too,

November- Stick to a fitness plan

I was so good at working out for a while and then all 3 of us got ill and we just never got back into working out of an evening. Whilst I still do an awful lot of walking I have stopped with my toning workouts and have noticed a diffrence in how I feel and also in my muscle tone and strength. We are heading away for Christmas this year and no doubt there will be an awful lot of food and wine so I expect I will pop on a few pounds but if I am in a better routine with working out hopefully I can stick to it whilst we are away and the weight gain won't be quite as much.


Blogmas is writing a new blog post everyday from the 1st to the 24th of December,, I seen this around last year and have been thinking of taking part this year. I have started a list of ideas already- I love Christmas- so I am excited to take part and have a new blog post published every day in the run up to Christmas.

If these 4 challenges are successful, this is something I plan to continue into the new year. It would be lovely to have you all join me. I shall be using #BMLmonthlychallenge on Instagram so make sure you are following me across there for any updates and be sure to use the hashtag if you are joining in.


Friday, August 19

My Next Baby Might Be My Last- My Feelings

I always thought I would have 3 kids, I don't know why 3 but it's just what was in my head. I grew up an only child and always desperately wished I had a sibling. Someone to share a bond with like no others that I had and there are times even now as an adult that I struggle with it and in all honesty have a pang of jealousy when my friends share photos on facebook and instagram of them going out for cocktails with their sisters or sharing family time with their brothers. I am so very lucky that through marrying James I gained a brother and I am very close to him and his wife but there is always a part of me that wishes I had a sibling of my own. This is probably why I desperately want to have more than one child, not necessarily for myself but for my children. I look forward to watching my children grow up always knowing they have each other to lean on. I know that life doesn't always work out that way but I am hopeful that we can give Ailsa a sibling she can be best friends with.

I always thought 3 children would be the perfect number, maybe growing up watching charmed with 3 sisters or being around my best friend Heather and her sisters that got the number in my head. James and I have spoken, timelines and finances have been worked out and it looks like we may only have one more baby. I know that sometimes babies are unplanned and also we may have trouble getting pregnant again in the future but there is a part of me that is slightly disappointed that my next baby may be my last. Maybe after another pregnancy and birth I will decide that I am done, but maybe I won't. I hate the uncertainty of what the future may bring, I always have. Having babies was always the goal for me, I absolutely love being at home with Ailsa and watching her grow but a part of me feels a bit lost in not knowing exactly when the next baby will arrive and I am in a state of constant broodiness.

We always said we would have a 3-4 year gap between babies, Allowing us time to watch Ailsa grow and for her to start nursery or school before we delve back into sleepless night and also allow me a break between breastfeeding and the next pregnancy, giving me a chance to have my body to myself for a bit, but I would love to have another baby sooner, in a way to try and fit the 3 I would like in but also so that once they are all at school I can get back out there and find me again, restart my career or maybe even retrain.

 A part of me thinks though that if my next baby will be my last that I should put it off a bit longer so that I can relish it and try and enjoy it as much as I can. There is no right or wrong answer here and I don't think there is a perfect age gap or the perfect time to add to your family. Ailsa came along a bit earlier than we expected and planned but we certainly wouldn't have it any other way at all. I guess the next baby will come along when he or she is ready to and any more after that we will just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, August 17

Gorgeous Canvas from Printerpix

Recently I was contacted by Printerpix and asked if I had a favourite picture that I would love a canvas of, well I have hundreds! I think most parents take a million photos of their children and even have professional photo shoots done too. It was such a tough decision to pick the perfect photo to be made into a canvas. A photo that we would treasure for a long time but we managed to find one both James and I could agree on. We picked a photo from Ailsa's first birthday photoshoot and I am so glad we did.

The canvas arrived fully constructed and well packed in Cardboard so it couldn't be damaged on route to us, there was no excess and unnecessary packaging  though which is a huge bug-bear of mine.  Upon unwrapping the canvas I was struck by how amazing the quality is, the photo which was a high res image, is super clear and you can make out the little bits of fine detail.

The colours have come out perfectly, we have some canvases at home where the colour has come out very dark and the whole image has been slightly distorted but not with this Printerpix canvas. The colours look just how they do on the computer screen. The Canvas also has a wall hanging hook on the back so all you need is a nail in the wall, or if you are in rented accommodation the Command Medium Picture Hanging Strips are super handy. We absolutely love the canvas and are so excited to have another lovely photo on our wall.

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Monday, August 15

Our Weekly Meal Plan

These are some of my favourite posts to read and so I thought I would share what we will be having this week.

Breakfast- Overnight Oats
Lunch- One Pan Mexican Quinoa
Dinner- Baked Potato, Beans and cheese

Breakfast-Bell Pepper Egg in a Hole
Lunch- One Pan Mexican Quinoa
Dinner- Salmon Stirfry

Breakfast- Overnight Oats
Lunch-Pesto Pasta
Dinner- Beef Kofta Curry- Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

Breakfast- Overnight Oats
Lunch- Leftovers from Wednesday
Dinner- Scrambled egg burito

Breakfast- Avocado toast
Lunch- Pesto Pasta
Dinner- Puff Pastry Pizza

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Wednesday, August 10

A Trip To Shearwater Lake

* Picture heavy post!

This past weekend we took a trip to Shearwater Lake, a beautiful spot which is part of the Longleat estate in Wiltshire. It was such a beautiful and sunny day that we tried to make the most of it. We had a lovely walk past the lake and through the woods. We didn't quite realise how long the walk would be having never been before and we did think we would never finish it but we made it back to our car in one piece. Ailsa did so well and walked quite a bit of the 4 mile walk herself we carried her teh rest of the time between us. We had popped our sling in the car but since we didn't realise the walk was so long didn't take it out with us, we will not be doing that again in a hurry. It was such a lovely day and James and I managed to capture the beauty of the local scenery and our wander, we would definitley recommend if you are in the area.

A selection of our photos 


Monday, August 8

Taking A Toddler to a Wedding

If you follow me on social media you may have seen that last weekend we were guests at our lovely friends wedding. This is the 4th wedding we have taken Ailsa too but it is the first where she has been a walking, talking toddler. To say I was slightly nervous that she would interrupt the ceremony is an understatement. Luckily Ailsa was really good the whole day and didn't get too grumpy. James and I had a bit of a plan to ensure that we could quieten Ailsa before she kicked off and started to run amok and it really did work.

Decide who will take toddler out if needed during the ceremony- We decided that since the wedding was of James' close friend that I would remove Ailsa if needed so as not to disrupt the ceremony.

Ask a staff member if there is a better place to move to if needed- Most staff members and venues are quite accomodating when you have a little one, we checked with the staff where the best place to take Ailsa to was and luckily I was still able to watch and hear the ceremony whilst Ailsa had a little wander and was able to make some noise without being disruptive.

Sit in an aisle seat so that you can make a quick get away- Making a quick getaway is so important if little one decides not to play ball and all other ways of keeping them quiet has failed.

Take toys, books, food anything that can help keep a little one quiet during the ceremony- I took some plain wrap that Ailsa loves to munch on and also offered her some milk to help keep her quiet and still and when that started to not work we moved to quieter spot and she was happy till the end.

Let little one run around when appropriate- tire them out- Before and after the ceremony, let them run around and explore. Most people love little ones and won't be too bothered before or after the ceremony with a little one exploring.

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